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In 2008, British Columbia-based Lovella Schellenberg began a blog where she intended to post her mother’s recipes. She soon welcomed recipes from nine other women from British Columbia, Manitoba, and Washington State with Mennonite backgrounds.Today, the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog has received over 6 million visitors -- with 7,000 faithful readers coming back to this blog daily.

In 2011 they released their first cookbook Mennonite Girls Can Cook, and in May 2013 their second cookbook Celebrations will be available across Canada. Early on in the blogging and book publishing process, the women decided that they would extend their gift of hospitality to feeding hungry children and giving back to the organization that helped their ancestors in Russia and the Ukraine. The overwhelming success of the first book allowed the women to donate a greenhouse to the Good Shepherd Shelter in the Ukraine. All book royalties for the new Celebrations cookbook will be disbursed through Mennonite Central Committee to provide clean drinking water for people in Africa.

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Ten Thousand Villages Gift Ideas and Fair Trade Brownies

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:48 AM


We have been enjoying our visits to various Ten Thousand Village stores across Canada since our new book Celebrations was published in April. (check the link for purchasing online)

Our most recent signing was in Calgary Alberta and we enjoyed seeing all the...

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RECIPE: Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:41 PM


We stopped by to visit a cousin in California a few weeks ago, as we were travelling through. It felt like summer, and we had lunch in the shade of an outdoor gazebo. For dessert she brought out a moist and delicious frosted...

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RECIPE: Sticky Toffee Pudding

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:59 PM


We really enjoyed this dessert while traveling in Great Britain so duplicating it for special meals here on the other side of the Pond was a fun adventure for me. It's a warm dense cake with a caramelized sauce. There are...

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RECIPE: Reuben Meatloaf

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:09 PM


I like reuben sandwiches so why not a reuben meatloaf? It's very tasty, I love the pairing of sauerkraut, ground beef, and swiss cheese in this recipe. If you wish, you can put a layer of corned beef slices on top of the...

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RECIPE: Butter Pecan Pumpkin Bars

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:22 PM


These Butter-Pecan Pumpkin Squares would be a nice alternative to Pumpkin Pie. They have a good base and the filling stays moist and is very similar to pumpkin pie filling.


Base Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2...
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RECIPE: Wild Rice Blend Soup

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 7:09 PM


Cooler days are here...soup's on! I love to have soup on hand at this time of year. We really enjoyed was a nice change from the usual soups that I cook.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped (optional:)
  • 3/4 cup celery,...
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RECIPE: Hasselback Baked Greek Potatoes

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:25 PM


Here is another idea for putting potatoes on your buffet or family style dinner table. You could slice your potatoes by hand but there is nothing quicker than a mandoline to make these potatoes an easy and attractive dish. I've used one...

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RECIPE: Roasted Root Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Bins of autumn's harvest are overflowing at many of the local markets for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Squash is also in season and is a nice addition to this simple, flavourful and healthy side dish.

If you're like me you like to...

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RECIPE: Homemade Cabbage Rolls

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:42 PM

There are many different versions of cabbage rolls out there. I make cabbage rolls much like those that my mom made...and we had frequently when I was growing up. Cabbage and beef were staples at our place! We celebrated my dad's birthday recently...and had an old-fashioned dinner together with family....

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RECIPE: Coffee Time Coconut Brownies

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:20 PM

This brownie recipe originates with my friend Lorraine who submitted it to our first church cookbook in Greendale.

It's a great brownie recipe and I've used it often over the years.

Today I've changed it up a bit by adding coffee and coconut.

Just think how good it would taste...

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RECIPE: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 1:58 PM

When I saw different versions of pumpkin pie cupcakes popping up on Pinterest...I decided to give them a try. I adapted my tried and true pumpkin pie recipe...and we enjoyed the results. They are like crustless mini-pumpkin pies.


  • 1 14 oz /...

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RECIPE: Avacado Black Bean Salsa

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 1:04 PM


With tomatoes still hanging on the vines and plenty of fresh corn at my disposal, here is a salsa recipe we have enjoyed recently. Serve with taco chips as an appetizer, as a side dish with chicken or on top of a bed of...

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RECIPE: Double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 12:25 AM


I was given a HUGE zucchini yesterday and everything in me called out for chocolate that compliments zucchini in this rich, moist bundt cake. Take advantage of zucchini while it's in season. Don't forget to grate and freeze some zucchini in one or two...

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RECIPE: Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 6:43 PM


Autumn is almost here and the pumpkins are ready for picking! Pumpkin and molasses are a wonderful combo in these soft cookies. When my daughter brought me a taste of these cookies I knew I would be adding them to my list of favourite...

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Honey and Garlic Ribs

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 3:58 PM


These ribs a good make ahead dish and just before the guests arrive you can quickly place the ribs on the BBQ ready for the table in no time. This sauce makes enough for two or three full racks of baby back ribs.


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Balsamic and Honey Glazed Salmon with Vegetable Slaw

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 9:20 AM


My husband, Harv, went fishing off the west coast of Vancouver Island recently and caught his limit of Chinook salmon. So when Anneliese and her husband, Herb, invited the Mennonite Girls (and spouses) for a potluck supper this past Sunday, we offered to bring...

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RECIPE: Waffles with Peaches

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:29 AM

It is peach season. That's when I crave waffles with peaches! Is there anything better than homemade fluffy waffles covered with sweet white sauce and fresh peach slices?
Waffles are a favorite food in our family and always have to be served...

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RECIPE: Strawberry-Blueberry Yogurt Cake

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 4:26 PM

This moist cake makes a very nice any time treat, for your brunch table, dessert or snack. Bonus is that it tastes even better the next day.

  • 1 cup butter or hard margarine, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • ...

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RECIPE: Summer Orzo Salad

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 1:26 PM

This recipe is a version of my cousin's summer noodle salad. It's great as a complete meal along with some crusty bread or as part of a salad bar or summer potluck. Serves 6 - 8 as a side.

  • 1...

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Summer Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 11:37 AM


Wild blackberry bushes line roads and fields here in the Fraser Valley. I have a found a few favourite spots where the berries hang heavy and are relatively easy to reach. Aside from the thorns I love berry picking and I pick many a...

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